“When a man can enter, a woman can also go”: SC on Sabarimala ban
The Supreme Court on July 18, 2018 observed that banning the entry of women in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple by the temple authorities is unconstitutional and questioned the authorities regarding the same.
The court stated that women have the right to enter and pray like men at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala as the fundamental right of freedom to practice religion is provided to all persons by the Constitution. The observation was made by a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The bench also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Union Cabinet approves proposal to grant special remission to prisoners
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 18, 2018 gave its approval to the proposal to grant special remission to prisoners as part of commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Under the scheme, certain categories of prisoners including women, transgenders and physically disabled, will be set free on satisfying the given criteria.
Cabinet nod to introduce Bill providing for death penalty for rape of girl below 12 years
The Union Cabinet has cleared a bill providing for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that the bill will be introduced in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, once approved by Parliament, will replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on 21st April, following the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a woman in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.
The Parliament passed the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on July 18, 2018.
The bill seeks to amend the regulations governing the compensation payable for acquisition of immovable property by the Centre for defence and security purposes. It also seeks to amend a provision to allow the Centre to re-issue the notice of acquisition to ensure that the property owner gets an opportunity to be heard.
Top Cabinet Approvals: 19 July 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 19, 2018 approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation Partnership Cooperation. The BRICS nations include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for continuation of Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Schemes for the students belonging to the six notified Minority Communities at a total cost of Rs 5338.32 crore for period up to 2019-20.
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